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Medical marijuana access, early polling results discussed By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — At the last Vista City Council Meeting, the issue of marijuana and preliminary polling results were an issue of discussion. Reporting to the council was Assistant City Manager Aly Zimmerman. She started her presentation by explaining that this agenda item resulted in the spring when staff members were directed by the City Council to bring back more information regarding medical marijuana access and delivery in the city of Vista. In her presentation, Zimmerman pointed out that in May the City Council did authorize a public polling on the issue of medical marijuana access within the city. According to Zimmerman, the poll was conducted in June, and their consultants were currently analyzing the results. “Based on the preliminary updates that we have received, the poll indicates that, in general, Vista voters are supportive of local access to medical marijuana, and to some number of medical marijuana dispensaries being allowed to operate,” Zimmerman said. “Voters are also generally supportive of taxation and regulation of the medical marijuana dispensaries and are generally opposed to allowing these dispensaries to locate in any of the city’s residential zones.” Zimmerman also provided a brief overview sharing that the current Vista municipal code prohibits any commercial marijuana activity. Zimmerman was also quick to point out distinctions of commercial marijuana both in the city of Vista and at the state level. She noted that there appeared to be some confusion within the community. “Both personal, medical and personal recreational use of marijuana are legal


San Diegans outside the ‘path of totality’ should still plan to look up By Jamie Higgins

REGION — Birds will stop singing, animals will change their behavior, and our world will be cast into a kind of twilight. It’s not a movie script, but it is this summer’s blockbuster. Sky watchers from around the

country are flocking to states in the path of totality on Monday, Aug. 21, to view the first total solar eclipse visible from the United States since 1979. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon lines up between the sun and Earth.

The moon casts a shadow onto Earth and a halo of sunlight appears around the dark disk of the moon, called the corona. “This is the first coatto-coast eclipse in the U.S. in nearly a century and it should be the most viewed

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and photographed astronomical event in history,” said Scott Kardel, assistant planetarium director and assistant professor of astronomy at Palomar College. Kardel, who has been the assistant planetarium director for two years, is head-

ed to Idaho to see the total eclipse. He’s been looking forward to it for many years. “A total solar eclipse is one of the rarest sights in all of nature and I have never had the opportunity to see TURN TO ECLIPSE ON 5

New buildings bring ‘feeling of life’ to South Escondido By Julie Gallant

ESCONDIDO — An influx of new buildings is introducing a modern vibe to South Escondido’s rustic landscape just as city planners are preparing to roll out draft guidelines for high-quality development that will blend in with the area’s existing structures. A drive through Escondido’s southern gateway from the I-15 north and Centre City Parkway exit reveals a graded lot next to the Hacienda de Vega restaurant on the right poised for construction of a William Lyon Homes condominium complex

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Community coalition fights to keep library public By Jamie Higgins

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido Library board of trustees voted unanimously to oppose privatization of the Escondido Library. Trustee Myra Salazar made the motion to oppose outsourcing of the library, which was seconded by

eron, who is also president of the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Although the trustees’ role is advisory in nature, their decision and recommendation to not move forward with outsourcing marks a victory for community members

icant role that volunteers play in supporting the library. Volunteers contribute to library operations and run the Friends of the Escondido Public Library Book Shop, which provides funding for the library. Many speakers vowed that this support is at risk of being lost

Over 100 residents, some with signs, turned out for the Board of Trustees meeting on Aug. 8. Photo by Ron Forster

trustee Gary Knight. The motion passed unanimously. The library board of trustees is tasked with providing “sound and timely advice and counsel to the Escondido City Council and the City Librarian on the development of plans, policies and programs that are responsive to community needs and desires,” according to the Escondido Library website. “We listened to the input from the public at two separate meetings and reviewed the many letters and emails that have been written.” said trustee Elmer Cam-

who oppose privatizing the public library’s services. The trustees will meet to finalize their letter of recommendation to the City Council. More than 150 residents, some sporting library heart badges and signs, were on hand at the library trustee meeting on Aug. 8. The Save Our Escondido Library Coalition has been formed by local Escondido community groups and residents in response to the city of Escondido’s move to consider privatization of the Escondido Public Library. Several library coalition members spoke about the signif-

if the library is privatized. Coalition members told the trustees that they had amassed more than 1,500 signatures. Liz White, a petition volunteer, said, “At first, we spent a lot of time educating people about what it meant. A week later, they were running to the table to sign the petition.” Speaker appearances included two former directors of the Escondido library, Laura Mitchell and Loretta McKinney. Mitchell read a letter addressed to the library trustees and City Council by American Library Association President James Neal and Pub-

lic Library Association President Pam Smith opposing the outsourcing. “The unfunded pension issue is a real issue and should be addressed with a master plan and timeline,” McKinney stated. She went on to add, “I am not in favor of LS&S. The community is the first to suffer so that LS&S gets their profits.” Only one City Council member was present at the meeting, Councilwoman Olga Diaz. “I urge the trustees to encourage the council to abandon this idea,” Diaz said. “I’d love nothing more than to pick up my clipboard and work to get community support for the library bond measure.” Library board chair Ron Guiles said that among his concerns was building support for a new library. “We need a new library and we cannot pass a bond if we have any organized opposition in the community,” he said. Laura Hunter, organizer of Escondido Indivisible and coalition member, believes that a decision to privatize would negatively affect public support for a new library. “If they do this to our current library, why on earth would we support a bond measure for a new library?” asked Hunter. The City Council will discuss outsourcing of library services at the City Council meeting on at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 16 in the City Council chambers. The coalition will hold a rally in front of City Hall at 3:30 p.m. and residents can speak to the council directly during the public comment period at 4:30 p.m.

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State vaccination law begins to show results California Focus By Thomas D. Elias

Project could benefit water ratepayers By Mark Muir

An exciting concept is emerging in San Diego County that could reduce pressure on water rates across the region and expand opportunities for renewable energy. The system under consideration is essentially an incredible “battery” that could store up to 500 megawatts of renewable energ y. There’s still a lot of work to be done to determine whether this idea pencils out — but it’s important even at this early stage because it highlights how the San Diego County Water Authority and its member agencies are continually seeking ways to make the best use of the region’s water infrastructure. At the simplest level, the project would work like this: When regional energy supply exceeds demand, water would be pumped uphill from San Vicente Reservoir near Lakeside to a new smaller reservoir, creating a bank of stored hydroelectric energy for later use. When regional energy demand and electricity prices rise, the stored water would be released to San Vicente by gravity, turning turbines and generating power. Such a project would sup-

port electrical grid operations that are essential to integrating large new supplies of other renewable electricity into the California and western power grids — notably solar, but also wind. It also would make it easier to quickly increase or decrease energy generation as needed. In March, the Water Authority’s board of directors authorized staff to seek detailed proposals for this project after 18 qualified parties expressed interest. During that process, we confirmed several valuable conclusions: • The potential project would be a valuable resource. Located in an energy load center, it would help stabilize the energy transmission grid operated by the California Independent System Operator. • The project size is appropriate. A 500-megawatt project with five to eight hours of energy storage would help investor-owned utilities meet a state mandate to procure 50 percent of their energy from renewable energy sources by 2030. • Infrastructure exists to support the project. Existing resources the project could capitalize on include the San Vicente Dam and Reservoir and a nearby high-voltage transmission line. In mid-July, the Water Authority issued a Request for Proposals in partnership with the city of San Diego, which owns San Vicente Res-

ervoir. The competitive bidding process will help ensure maximum value. The Water Authority and the city expect to evaluate proposals this fall and to seek approval from the board to begin negotiations with a potential full-service team by the end of 2017. The Water Authority already has a long history of leadership and innovation in the energy sector. For instance, it operates an energy storage facility at Lake Hodges, which generates up to 40 megawatts of electricity on demand for the region. The Water Authority also has installed more than 7,500 solar panels total at three facilities that produce an estimated total of 2.7 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy annually, enough to reduce the agency’s energy expenses by nearly $5.6 million over 20 years. And the agency in May received a $1 million incentive to install industrial-scale batteries at its Twin Oaks Valley Water Treatment Plant — another element of our efforts to maximize value for the region’s water ratepayers. For more information about the San Vicente Energy Storage Project study, go to vicente-energy-storage-facility-study.

benefit of the people. There is a reason we separate our institutions from corporations. Corporations’ major purpose is to make a profit. Institutions are formed to serve a need in the community. Libraries are institutions formed to further knowledge. And in a democracy, there is no more important duty of the government than to provide the means for an educated populous. In a democracy the government is the people. It is

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Letters to the Editor Library controversy goes to the heart of democracy I have read a great deal about the Escondido Library being only 3% of the Escondido budget, about the poor performance of Library S&S, the corporation proposed to take over our library services, and how using them will take revenue out of the city of Escondido, but there is much more than money at stake here. We are a democratic society and our governments are formed for the

The last year saw no major outbreaks of measles or any of the other nine potentially fatal diseases against which California public schoolchildren must be vaccinated — one possible result of a 2016 law that eliminated a “personal belief” exemption that formerly allowed thousands of youngsters to attend school without vaccinations. This “no news is good news” will see many parents drop off their kids with a new sense of security as schools open this fall. There’s a good reason for their relief: Vaccination rates of seventh-graders reportedly reached record levels during the last school year, the first in which the new, stricter rules applied. Seventh-graders can’t register for school unless they’ve had booster immunizations against tetanus (also called lockjaw), diphtheria and pertussis (better known as whooping cough). And if they haven’t previously been vaccinated against another seven diseases (measles, bacterial meningitis, mumps, polio, rubella, hepatitis B and chicken pox), those seventh-graders must get it done before their enrollments can proceed. Now the state Department of Public Health reports that seventh-graders meeting school-entry vaccination requirements stood at 98.4 percent last spring, up 1.8 percent from three years earlier. That 1.8 percent can make a big difference, especially for the small percentage of schoolchildren who can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons like being immune-suppressed by drugs needed to keep organ transplants going. Only 0.4 percent of school pupils now get medical exemptions. This leaves only about 1 percent of students unvaccinated for all other reasons, most of them the residue from the era when personal-belief exemptions were available to parents who dislike vaccinations. Those kids are allowed to continue in school until seventh grade, when they must provide written evidence of vaccination. The unvaccinated are now a small enough portion of the school population to minimize chances for any new outbreaks of the targeted diseases. The new law and the new emphasis on getting virtually all kids vaccinated stemmed from a 2014-15 outbreak of measles that struck some visitors to Disneyland and eventually infected 136 Californians, many of whom never visited the Orange

not its own separate entity. The members of the Escondido City Council are there because the people put them there to do the will of the people for the benefit of all Escondido’s citizens, not to run a profitable business. If the Escondido City Council is allowed to do this you will be allowing them to dismantle our democracy one institution at a time. What next? A for-profit police force? Mary Ellen Wilson Escondido

County theme park but came into contact with people who did. Studies showed that no more than 86 percent of persons at Disneyland when the infections occurred had been vaccinated, not enough to ensure the safety of everyone there. Because some folks probably lied to researchers, the actual vaccination rate may have been as low as 50 percent, reported the Journal of the American Medical Association. In 2014, also, whooping cough was declared epidemic in California and listed as the cause of death of three infants too young for vaccination. They had likely been exposed to other children who were never vaccinated. The new numbers and the relief they bring to parents who want certainty that their children are safe do not, however, mean that everyone who used the old personal belief exemption (essentially allowing anyone to claim — with no verification — a religious conviction against vaccinations) has now acquiesced. Authorities estimate about half those who previously refused to vaccinate their children found other ways to preserve them in that status: vaccinations are not required for children being homeschooled, nor do families leaving the state need to comply. Precise numbers for these types of avoidance do not exist because California’s Department of Education doesn’t track either the number of homeschooled children or the number of parents migrating elsewhere for this reason. But at least those kids won’t be carrying any of the once-dreaded diseases into the state’s schoolrooms, making those who do attend schools as safe as they’ve ever been. None of this has come easily; opposition to vaccination remains and bogus negative medical studies on it abound. But several judges declined to issue injunctions against the law when they were sought by vaccination opponents and an effort to quality an anti-vaccination initiative for next year’s ballot has gone nowhere. So it appears the vaccination law will survive indefinitely, making schools and all public venues significantly safer for children, seniors and the immune-suppressed for the foreseeable future. Email Thomas Elias at His book, "The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It," is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. For more Elias columns, go to





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one personally,” he said. Eclipses aren’t just impressive and interesting, we learn important things from them, according to Kardel. “ … throughout the history of science solar eclipses have been used to make many major discoveries including the discovery of the element helium, confirmation of Einstein’s General Relativity and the fact that the moon is slowing moving away from Earth,” he said. “There are still scientific investigations that happen during solar eclipses.” Even those outside the path of totality can enjoy this eclipse. San Diegans will see what’s called a partial solar eclipse, where the moon covers part of the sun. Kardel says that even from San Diego, 65 percent of the sun’s surface will be covered by the moon. The eclipse will only last for a couple hours, so he encourages everyone to find a safe way to view the eclipse no matter where they happen to be. The best viewing will be from areas with clear skies. “The eclipse starts at 9:07 a.m.,” he said. “Maximum eclipse is at 10:23 a.m. and it ends at 11:46 a.m.” However, precautions must be taken when viewing an eclipse. Looking directly at the sun, even for a short time, can burn the retina of the eye. “Staring directly at the sun is always dangerous, even when part of it is covered up by the moon,” Kardel said. Special solar eclipse glasses can be purchased for direct viewing of the sun. A safe and easy way to watch a solar eclipse is to make your own simple pinhole projector. Instructions can be found at the American Astronomical Society’s website at https:// “You can also use a colander or look underneath a leafy tree to see images of the partially eclipsed sun,” Kardel said. The Palomar College Planetarium has been talking

By Aaron Burgin

TOP: Scott Kardel, assistant director of Palomar College Planetarium, is headed to Idaho to watch the eclipse on Aug. 21. ABOVE: Heather and Jessica Joyce of Temecula are ready to view the partial eclipse locally with special solar eclipse glasses. Photos by Jamie Higgins

about the eclipse in its The Sky Tonight programs on Friday evenings, but will be closed during the actual eclipse. “Much of our astronomical staff will be traveling to see the total eclipse and the eclipse is the morning of the first day of instruction at the college, which makes it doubly tough for us to do any eclipse viewing at the planetarium,” Kardel said. The Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park will be hosting eclipse viewing. Planetarium staff will be reporting on the eclipse on their Facebook page and during their The Sky Tonight show on Aug. 25. Many people may not know that North County is home to the fifth-largest plan-

etarium in California. The Palomar College Planetarium first opened in 1965 and moved into its new building in 2012. It is a modern planetarium that features a 50-foot Astrotec dome, on which they project the night sky and movies that cover astronomical topics. It is not affiliated with the Palomar Observatory located on Palomar Mountain. The Palomar College Planetarium offers weekday programs for school groups and is open to the public most Friday evenings, however, it will be closed on Aug. 18. On Fridays two shows are offered, The Sky Tonight and a special movie projected onto the dome. Currently four different full-dome feature films in rotation are shown.

The Sky Tonight is described as a digital journey through tonight’s sky highlighting prominent celestial objects, constellations and planets. The Friends of the Palomar College Planetarium helps to support the Planetarium in its educational outreach mission. Members receive discounts and access to special members-only programs. For more information about the Palomar College Planetarium and the Friends of the Palomar College Planetarium, visit https://www. For live coverage of the eclipse and eclipse-related information, visit https://

Encinitas boy advances to ‘America’s Got Talent’ live shows By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — Sagan Hanna was in tears thinking that his brother, Merrick Hanna, was at the end of his reality-TV turn on “America’s Got Talent.” Merrick, 12, had just finished his second storytelling dance performance on the show, a 90-second routine involving a park bench and the song “Something Wild” from the movie “Pete’s Dragon,” and received positive reviews from the judges. But when Merrick found himself standing side by side with child dancing duo Artyon and Paige during the elimination segment of the show that aired Aug. 8, Merrick’s family was convinced that the Encinitas boy’s run on the show would be over. Sagan, however, was especially inconsolable, Merrick’s parents Shawn and Aletha Hanna said. “We assumed that only one would go through, so I can only say that the angst we felt on that day was immense,” Shawn Hanna said.


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Merrick Hanna, 12.

“So did Merrick and Sagan,” Aletha Hanna said. “They were convinced Merrick would go home, to be honest. Sagan was very sad ... we tried to tell him that it was OK, and that everything was going to be fine and that Merrick did a great job and we were proud of him, but he was having nothing of it.” Sagan’s tears quickly turned into tears of happiness after Heidi Klum delivered the news that both acts would be advancing to the shows

live rounds, which begin next week. “It was a very tough decision for us, there were only six spots left for the live shows, and I’m sorry to tell both of you guys that you have to keep on rehearsing, and you have to keep on perfecting your act,” Klum said, ominously. “Because both of you will be going on to the live show!” And just like that, the Hanna family burst into tears of happiness. “It is such an amazing feeling knowing I am a top group, it really is an incredible feeling,” Merrick said in a phone interview with his parents on Aug. 9. “It’s like, ‘Wow, wow, wow, wow, super excited.” The irony of this scene is that it actually occurred months ago, as the NBC show taped the judges rounds earlier this year. So while the rest of America was tense watching Klum render Merrick’s verdict, the family had to keep the secret under wraps. “Merrick and the family had to pretend we didn’t

know,” Shawn Hanna said, with a laugh. “The hardest part is that there were some opportunities for Merrick to do some things in August, and he couldn’t just say, ‘Sorry, I’m booked.’” The Hannas, however, did watch the show to see how his performance would be presented. Both parents were not present when the judges gave him his feedback, and Merrick was so excited at the time that most of it went in one ear and out the other, the parents said. Now, Merrick moves on with 35 other acts to the live shows, where he will once again perform for a chance to stay in the competition. Aletha and Shawn Hanna, however, said he has already accomplished so much and they are genuinely shocked with his performance to date. “When Merrick performed, I thought he did a really good job, so I felt he would be able to leave the show with his head held high and that would be the end of his time on ‘America’s Got Talent,’” Aletha Hanna said.

REGION — The executive director of the county’s regional planning agency announced his retirement this week amid growing calls for his resignation. Gary Gallegos, who had overseen the San Diego Association of Governments since 2001, said that he had been considering retirement for some time. He will retire by the end of the calendar year, according to a news release. “While retirement has been on my mind for some time, my goal during the last few months has been to help SANDAG and our incredibly talented team through the process of an independent examination of our forecasting efforts, as well as keep the organization moving forward on major initiatives such as the construction of the Mid-Coast Trolley extension and South Bay Rapid, along with planning for the Otay Mesa East Port of Entry,” Gallegos said. But Gallegos’ decision to retire comes amid a drumbeat of criticism and calls for the SANDAG leader to step down after an internal investigation revealed that SANDAG staff took steps to hide public records and delete documents last year in the wake of The Voice of San Diego’s report that uncovered major errors in the revenue forecast for a tax increase that went before voters last year. Gallegos, in a prepared statement, said that the report cleared SANDAG of intentionally attempting to mislead the public. “The independent examination found that SANDAG did not intentionally mislead the public or the Board regarding its forecast,” Gallegos said. “The Board has implemented a plan to address issues related to the forecast. And the Board will consider additional recommendations from the independent exam-

ination. “Moving forward, with the Board’s support my intention is to work hard at keeping this organization focused on all of our very important initiatives and give the Board of Directors time to consider next steps,” Gallegos said. Gallegos’ most major achievement at the helm of the regional agency was the 2004 passage of the extension of Transnet, the half-cent sales tax that paid for a suite of regional transportation projects. Sixty-seven percent of county voters approved the extension. To date, the TransNet program has invested approximately $3 billion — and attracted another $10 billion in state and federal matching funds — to build approximately 20 major highway and Managed Lane projects and almost 30 transit projects throughout the region. The TransNet program also has contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to local roads and streets, environmental protection and smart growth programs. Locally SANDAG, which is responsible for regional transportation planning efforts countywide, is the lead agency on the 44-mile bike and pedestrian trail project between Oceanside and San Diego known as the Coastal Rail Trail, of which a section proposed in Cardiff has been the source of years of controversy. Recently the agency worked with Encinitas to convince the California Coastal Commission to move the proposed segment from the east side of the rail corridor to west of Coast Highway 101 amid outcry from some residents who opposed the move. The Coastal Commission narrowly rejected the proposal, and SANDAG has moved forward with planning for the eastern alignment.

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Marijuana legalization might not end black market By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — The topic of medical marijuana access was a discussion item during a recent Vista City Council meeting. City Council directed city staff to research medical marijuana delivery as well as a “limited number” of medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits. As part of this, Assistant City Manager Aly Zimmermann introduced Capt. Hank Turner of the San Diego County Sherriff’s Department. Turner is actively involved with marijuana enforcement regulations and addressed the council at its last meeting. He was on hand to share his observations regarding the impacts of retail dispensaries particularly in the communities of Colorado. Turner began first by sharing that he serves the Santee, Lakeside, Grossmont, and Cuyamaca Community College District areas. However, before this, he was lieutenant of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and in charge of the narcotics task force. According to Turner, during that timeframe, he was sent

as a representative to Colorado and served as a liaison with Washington state to become more familiar with marijuana laws. Turner said his role was to dispel some of the myths and to find out the facts. “In looking at Colorado and in looking at Washington state, every municipality that authorizes it, whether it be medical or recreational marijuana, they still have a black market,” Turner said. “And there was a lot of advocacy that if we legalized it, we wouldn’t have a black market anymore.” Turner then focused on the Denver metropolitan area. In his estimation, there were 1,054 marijuana-related businesses in this locale. “Colorado has seen a steady increase in illegal marijuana and sales outside the state,” he said. Deputy Major John Franklin wanted to know from Turner if he had any specific observations about the types of criminal activities that prey on these businesses and if it at all impacted other businesses nearby. Turner explained that while there were no sub-

stantial crimes related to proximity issues, he did point out that Colorado did not track any marijuana-related crime before it was legalized in 2012. The state was unable to confirm an increase since there was no baseline for comparison. “One of the things that they have seen since they’ve gone to legalization — and a stat that I found very interesting — is 15 percent of all burglaries in the Denver metropolitan area are related to marijuana businesses because it’s a large cash business,” Turner said. He wanted the City Council to know that be it sales or growing, because there is cash involved, many individuals can become victims of burglaries. Councilman Joe Green thanked Turner for his presentation. However, Green said he believed if everyone worked together with the medical marijuana industry, it could very well help cut down on the black market. Green said he was elected to represent the people of Vista, and he is aware that many Vista voters wanted medical marijuana storefronts.


Tom Oeschger presented a $1 million leading gift for a state-of-the-art conference center at Palomar Medical Center Escondido. From left, Julie Eshelman; her father, Tom Oeschger; his fiancée, Tami Eshelman; and Cameron Eshelman. Courtesy photo


in California,” she said. “Proposition 215, back in 1996, first legalized medical marijuana, and then in 2015, the state also enacted the California Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act. And then last November 2016, Proposition 64 legalized recreational marijuana. “However, that all being said, local governments still maintain the authority to prohibit the retail and commercial activities, not personal use, but the commercial and retail activities which would include the storefronts and delivery.” Zimmerman wanted everyone to know that illegal dispensaries operating in the city of Vista have added to the confusion. While these operations function as busi-

nesses, it gives the illusion that they are allowed. Since the passage of Proposition 64, the state of California is working toward consolidating the current medical marijuana regulations with the new recreational marijuana regulations. Zimmerman said that a Senate bill, which was a budget trailer bill for the state to streamline the state’s marijuana regulations, was recently signed by the governor. “This streamlining may provide guidelines the city could use as it considers modifying our local regulations, but at this point, we have not had the opportunity to fully review or analyze this,” she said. “It’s about a 200-page bill, so that’s something that we will be doing … taking a close look at those regulations and determining how they would fit into whatever

direction we receive from the City Council.” Deputy Mayor John Franklin offered his opinion following Zimmerman’s report, a presentation by senior tax policy advisor Lisa Renati of the State Board of Equalization, and a report by San Diego Sheriff Cpt. Hank Turner. Franklin said he believed there was a lot of learning ahead for both the state and nation on this topic. “I really am not convinced that Vista needs to be at the forefront of the trailblazing on this issue,” he said. “I’d really like to continue to learn from other communities, and that’s where I’m at on it right now.” The Vista City Council directed staff to move forward in continuing their research on the issue, as well as examining the regulations to permit two dispensaries.

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By Chuck Shepherd The Threatened American Worker With Friends Like These ... Robert Kanoff, 49, celebrated Independence Day in an unusual way: High on drugs, he was dropped off in his birthday suit at a Tempe, Arizona, Walmart by two people who thought it would be "funny to see him naked," said police. There he walked around the store wearing only shoes and carrying methamphetamines. Maricopa County sheriff's officers caught up with him around 10 p.m. across the street from the store. [The Arizona Republic, 7/7/2017] The Entrepreneurial Spirit First bikes, then cars ... now umbrellas. Maybe. Sharing E Umbrella hit the

streets of 11 Chinese cities in April with more than 300,000 umbrellas for rent from subway and bus stations. Unfortunately, the company's founder, Zhao Shuping, didn't provide instructions about returning the rentals after use, and most of the umbrellas have disappeared. Zhao noted his mistake, saying, "Umbrellas are different from bicycles. ... With an umbrella you need railings or a fence to hang it on." He plans to replenish his stock with 30 million umbrellas nationwide by the end of the year. [The Straits Times, 7/7/2017] Questionable Judgments The Do Son Buffalo Fighting Festival, in which water buffalo are pitted against each other, has been a tradition in Hai Phong, Vietnam, since the 18th century. But on July 1, buffalo trainer Dinh Xuan Huong, 46, met his doom when his own bull

Under the Influence • Police in Slidell, Louisiana, stopped a "car full of drunks" on July 8 and arrested the driver for driving while intoxicated. The car's passengers rode home in a taxi, but one of the women then drove back to the police station to bail out the driver. Slidell officers arrested the woman for DWI, and she joined her friend in jail. "Lesson of the day," Slidell officers posted on their Facebook page: "Don't drive drunk to a police station in order to bail out your drunk friend!" [United Press International, 7/11/2017] • Police in Swansea, Illinois, suspect the heir to a brewery fortune has graduated from driving drunk to flying high. August Adolphus Busch IV, 53, landed his helicopter around noon on July 10 in an office complex parking lot outside St. Louis. Police and FAA investigators were still trying to determine why he had landed there and whether any aviation laws had been broken when they were called back to the parking lot around 8 p.m., where Busch, appearing to be intoxicated, was trying unsuccessfully to take off. Swansea police reported that Busch failed field sobriety tests but passed a breath test, and after they secured a warrant, Busch was taken to a local hospital for blood tests. (Also found in the helicopter: four loaded guns, several prescription pill bottles and eight dogs.) At press time, no charges

had been filed. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/12/2017] Lacking a Filter Baseball fans at the Los Angeles Dodgers-Kansas City Royals game in Dodger Stadium on July 8 were treated to some righteous moves on the dance cam by "Rally Granny," an older fan who capped her performance by flashing her bra at the 40,000-plus spectators. "You don't see THAT much at a baseball stadium," deadpanned Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger (who actually missed the spectacle). [The Associated Press, 7/9/2017] From Bad to Worse Two women in Arlington, Texas, called police for help on July 10 as a mentally ill man doused himself with gasoline in preparation to commit suicide. When responding officers began talking with the distraught man, he poured more gasoline on himself and appeared to be holding a lighter in his hand. Hoping to subdue him, one of the officers used his Taser on the man and the gasoline ignited, engulfing him in flames. Officers wrapped him in blankets and removed him from the house. His family reports he was severely burned, and at press time he was in critical condition. [NBC DFW, 7/11/2017] Now You Have Our Attention • On July 6, IRS workers in Ogden, Utah, received a fake bomb from Normand Lariviere, 68, of Olympia, Washington. The U.S. Navy veteran and former civilian defense contractor has been disgruntled with the Department of Defense since his dismissal in the 1990s and has a history of mailing disturbing objects to the IRS to protest paying taxes. In 2016, Lariviere sent one of his

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fingers, a bullet and a marijuana joint to tax collectors. "Many things I could do," he threatened. "I'm not going to tip my hand." [Seattle PI, 7/10/2017] • Drivers speeding down Bedford Street in Lakeville, Massachusetts, may touch the brakes when they spot a parked police cruiser at the side of the road. But the "vehicle," a plywood and aluminum sign painted to look like a Crown Victoria black-andwhite, is a ruse perpetrated by resident Kelly Tufts to get drivers to slow down. Tufts parks the "car" in his driveway, especially on weekends, to protect dogs and kids from speeding traffic. "We've had some people give us the one finger," Tufts said. "If it was their neighborhood, they'd enjoy it." [Boston 25 News, 7/11/2017] Awesome! A mathematician in Bucharest, Romania, scored a 44,900 euro profit when he made an exciting discovery at a flea market there: a rare World War II Enigma machine, used by the Nazis for encrypting messages. After paying the unwitting seller just 100 euros ($114 U.S.) for it, he took it into his care, cleaning and repairing it and learning how it worked. On July 11, a Bucharest auction house sold the machine for 45,000 euros ($51,500 U.S.) to an unnamed bidder. [CNN, 7/12/2017]

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Bright Ideas Why hire moving professionals for just one appliance? A man in Brisbane, Australia, gamely tried transporting his full-size refrigerator on a Queensland Rail car in April. He first rolled the fridge, strapped to a handcart, onto an elevator to the train platform. Shortly after guiding it into the train carriage, the man and his icebox were removed from the car by transit officers, who wrote him a $252 ticket. Apparently, his item would not fit under a seat, in an overhead rack or in a designated storage area, as Queensland Rail rules specify. [The Courier Mail, 7/11/2017] Update Zimbabwe's "sperm bandits" have reportedly struck again. An unnamed 39-year-old male teacher from Macheke was abducted as he waited for a bus on July 2, drugged and gangraped by a gang of three women. Since 2011, the "semen harvesters" have struck several times, sexually assaulting their victims and collecting semen in condoms to sell later for "good luck." The latest victim told The Standard newspaper that for two days he was held against his will and subjected to further abuse under threat of being shot. Finally, his abductors dumped him by the side of the road. [The Standard, 7/9/2017]

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Park palm trees marked for removal By Brad Rollins

A planned William Lyon Homes condominium complex called Citron at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd. Courtesy rendering


plex will add value to and enhance the neighborhood’s character. Robertson said William Lyon Homes hopes to continue the success it had with the 84-unit, three-story Contempo condos completed in Escondido at 211 South Orange St. in September 2014. “We wanted to maintain our presence in the San Diego market and we were successful with Contempo, which was our last community in Escondido,” he said via email. “We look forward to partnering with the city of Escondido again.” Not far down the road just past West Citracado Parkway beside longtime Christmas retailer Canterbury Gardens & Gifts is another new residential project, the recently completed Haven76 built by a separate company, Lyon Living. Named in part for its 76 units, these one-story apartments at 2414 S. Escondido Blvd. feature one-, twoand three-bedroom floorplans that opened a year-and-a-half ago. Monthly lease rates are currently starting at $1,865 but fluctuate with market conditions and availability. The spree of townhomes add a modern touch-up in a mostly mixed-use and residential area gradually developed since the 1950s with homes, restaurants, assorted services including a welding shop and a tire outlet, a day care center and an Elks Lodge. The neighborhood’s ongoing facelift has also been enhanced with the addition of Talk of the Town Auto Spa & Lube, which opened only a few months ago on a formerly vacant lot at the corner of Brotherton Road and Centre City Parkway after about eight years of planning. The delay was partly attributed to objections from nearby residents who said a carwash complex could bring too much noise and traffic to the neighborhood. Donovan Ghazal, a relative of the Ghazal family members who own the Talk of the Town property, said they persevered and are receiving positive comments from patrons who call their self-service and full-service oil change and carwash services, including details and waxes, “amazing.” “The majority of custom-

ers say they’re neighbors,” said Ghazal, who is optimistic the new residential developments will be a boon for business. “We’re a nice addition because everyone is loving it.” Martin Ghazal, another one of the grandchildren who helps run the carwash, added the family is eager to fit into the community and provide a useful service. “It brings us joy to see all of our neighbors coming in and supporting us,” Martin Ghazal said. “It is our goal to make our neighbors feel at home when they’re getting their car washed or oil changed.” The carwash operators are still anticipating the opening of an adjacent roughly 5,000-square-foot vacant building that is awaiting a lease. A restaurant is preferred but Donovan Ghazal said the family is keeping its options open. “There’s a small chance it won’t even be a restaurant,” he said. “If somebody wants to rent it out for something else we’ll adjust to that.” Escondido Assistant Planning Director Mike Strong said the upgrades afoot in South Escondido precede a draft South Centre City Area Plan that will soon be rolled out for public review. Although the Specific Plan policy document does not identify specific projects for development, it does set up a roadmap for future development, he said. Funded by a $172,754 Strategic Growth Council grant awarded through the California Department of Conservation in 2015 as a way to support infill development, Strong said the intent of the proposed South Centre City Area Plan is to help future developments fit in with the community’s existing character, adhere to best practices in urban design and regulate building standards. The policy document containing visionary goals and objective standards would promote the guidelines of the city’s General Plan, adopted in 2012, and focus on four areas in the community: South Quince, and the Centre City Parkway, Felicita Avenue and Brotherton Road areas where the streets intersect with South Escondido Boulevard. While the plan would set building design parameters it would not be overly proscriptive with themes, he said, add-

Cindy Graesser, Young Adults pastor at Promise Church, believes the new condos and apartments will help boost the congregation at her church. Photo by Julie Gallant

ing that its intent is to promote sustainability, smart growth and economic prosperity. “It should ensure higher quality developments and also reinforce the context of the surrounding area,” Strong said. “We’re recommending (development) be compatible with other designs from downtown to the gateway.” The draft South Centre City Area Plan is expected to be shared with the city’s Planning Commission in an introductory presentation set for Sept. 12. Strong said the purpose of the meeting is to advertise the release of a draft plan and to get people to start thinking about the planning area, what new development should look like and how things might change in the future. Strong added they anticipate the draft plan will be released for public review in September. Shortly afterward, to facilitate the public review process, city staff will host informational open houses at City Hall. “The format of the informational open houses will be informal,” he said in an email. “The city will also host consistent and regular set of ‘office hours’ so that the public can visit City Hall and speak to staff directly about the draft plan during their lunch hours. The meetings will be recurring weekly at a specific time, which will be advertised on the city’s website after the plan is released.” The City Council will have a chance to approve, conditionally approve or modify

the plan late this year. “Invariably people may have different opinions,” Strong said, noting that discussions could include proposals for fee waivers and incentives. “We want this to be something that can be endorsed by the community at large so it’s more likely the plan will be accepted.” The recent developments in South Escondido are a welcome addition to Cindy Graesser, dean of the Promise Bible College and pastor of Young Adults at the local The Promise Church. Located at the corner of West Citracado and Centre City parkways at 2427 S. Centre City Parkway, the nondenominational Christian church serving more than 160 people has been a fixture in the community since expanding from San Marcos five years ago. Graesser said the South Escondido neighborhood is starting to attract more attention and the incoming developments pick up a formerly run-down atmosphere. Even their own church has transformed recently with upgraded landscaping, parking lot resurfacing and an expansion of their facility. She said the new condos and apartments should help boost the congregation. “Anytime people are in that close proximity to you it definitely helps,” said Graesser, whose growing church is planning to expand from one to two services starting in October. “It’s bringing in quality and a feeling of life back to the strip.”

ESCONDIDO — The elegant, imported palm tree — for decades a symbol of Southern California — is facing hard times. For more than five years, palms in southern San Diego County have been stalked by the invasive South American palm weevil, which crossed the border from Mexico and now infests trees as far north as Chula Vista. Before that, it was the Asian red palm weevil discovered earlier this decade in Orange County before being declared eradicated in 2015. But the ubiquitous trees, except for a single species of fan palm, are invasive species themselves and marked for removal from county-owned Felicita Park in Escondido through a grant approved last week by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “Non-native species, like these palms, monopolize resources that other native tree species need to survive,” said Jessica Geiszler, a parks department spokeswoman. “They steal water and take nutrients away from the local oaks and sycamores. Additionally, palms are costly and difficult to maintain, and serve as hosts for undesirable rodents and varmints.” The $15,000 neighborhood reinvestment grant approved on Aug. 1, along with $4,300 approved earlier this summer, will be used to hire a contractor to cut down 30 large palm trees in the park. Parks staff regularly remove smaller palm trees, Geiszler said, but a thick stand of larger trees along Felicita Creek require spe-

cialized equipment to avoid disturbing surrounding habitat, she said. Department policy requires each tree removed from county parks to be replaced with three native species. In the case of the Felicita palms, replantings will be funded from the regular departmental budget and are not covered by the grant, Geiszler said. The 54 acres that would become Felicita Park were part of Mexican land grants issued to Don Jose Franscisco Snook in 1842 and 1845 and bought by former San Diego County Sheriff James McCoy in 1867 for grazing sheep. In 1918, the land was bought by Ransford and Elinora Lewis, who grew lemons, oranges and grapes. The property was bought by the county for $12,000 in 1929 and named for Felicita LaChappa, an American Indian who lived in the nearby San Pasqual Valley. The park is a listed on the National Register of Historic Places in part for its heritage as the site of a significant Kumeyaa Indian village. Geiszler said the palm tree removal is part of the parks department effort to “keep it true to its natural state, while at the same time ensuring it remains a favorite gathering place for San Diego families.” Other neighborhood reinvestment grants approved this month for North County projects include $15,000 to the Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club for its annual Grape Day 5K Run/Walk and $15,000 to the San Diego County Medical Foundation for its Solana Beach Sunset 5K.

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PUPPETS AND FANTASY Tanya Yager, of Twisted Heart Puppet Affair, offers puppetry through Aug. 23 at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. For details, call (760) 633- 2600. The characters are inspired by fantasy, legend and otherworldly realms and are created from 90 percent recycled materials.

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MEET THE ARTISTS Meet the artists, enjoy live music at the 2nd Saturday artists reception 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery, 262 East Grand Ave., Escondido. See “Local Color, Grayscale” in the Municipal Gallery, and in Expressions Gallery I, “Color-Bytes,” a group show. Take a tour of the “Urban Landscape” in the Inner Space Gallery with the PhotoArts Group. YOUNG ARTISTS The Off Track Gallery will host a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 12, with 10 percent off of all artwork all day at 937 S. Coast Highway, Encinitas. The show features three promising art students from MiraCosta College, Oceanside.

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INTERACTIVE ART An interactive mural and sculpture collaboration will be held at the Carlsbad Art Wall when, project creative director and founder Bryan Snyder will be painting the wall at Señor Grubby’s 377 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. Continuing Snyder’s theme of interactivity in public spaces, he will be inviting the public to interact with the mural, as well, as with a metal sculpture by Alex Gall to be installed on Aug. 13. ‘BUDDY’ HELD OVER New Village Arts has added two additional performances of “Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story,” at 7 p.m. Aug. 13 and Aug. 20 at 2787 State St., Carlsbad. To purchase tickets, call New Village Arts Box Office at (760) 433-3245. S E C O N D - S U N DAY ART The second Sunday every August, the Carlsbad Village Association’s Art in the Village will return from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 13 will feature 110 local and regional fine artists for a one-day, open-air event. Live sculpting and painting demos, village eateries, coffee houses and wine bars on State and Grand. JAZZ IN THE GARDEN The Summer Jazz Concert in the Garden will feature the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame Orchestra from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 13 on the Gazebo Lawn of the San Diego Botanic Garden,

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Hidden Valley Community Concert Association kicks off its 72nd season with a “Celtic Festival” by Golden Bough on Sept. 10 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. This is the first of five concerts. Tickets are $30 and a season membership is $70 at Courtesy photo

230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Adults SDBG members $15; non-members $25. Children (3-12 years) SDBG members $5, non-members $10. Visit htm. TAKE THE STAGE Open Auditions for “A Night On Broadway,” will be held 11 a.m. to noon Aug. 13 and 7 to 8 p.m. Aug. 14 at 3575 E Valley Parkway, Escondido. Anyone can audition. Prepare a song, find someone to play it for you or find a musical track to sing to, and bring it to auditions. For

show information, contact Chris Ryan at (760) 6386042 or email or

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FACES OF MUSIC Among the current exhibits at the Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, are the photographs taken by legendary music giant Graham Nash, who spent his time taking black-andwhite portraits of other poplar musicians. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sun-

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KAABOO Del Mar returns to San Diego’s iconic Del Mar Fairgrounds & Racetrack this Sept. 15-17 for a weekend of live music, comedic stand-up, art installations, local food vendors and more. For tickets and more information on KAABOO Del Mar visit

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INSIDE CLASSICAL MUSIC A music appreciation presentation will be

offered free to lovers of and newcomers to classical music hosted by Hank Presutti, 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 16 at the McClellan Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. No registration required. For information, call (760) 643-5288 or email MUSICAL AT MOONLIGHT Moonlight Stage Productions presents Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard” Aug. 16 to Sept. 2, at the Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Tickets range from $23 to $55 for all reserved seating and $17 to $22 for general admission lawn seating. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (760) 724-2110 or visit AGUILAR ON FLUTE Enjoy a free flute concert at noon Aug. 16 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, with Carlos Aguilar, a soloist, interdisciplinary artist and winner of the 2017 San Diego Musical Merit Foundation.

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CONCERTS AT THE COVE The city of Solana Beach and the Belly Up Tavern host the series at Fletcher Cove Park stage, with the U.S. Navy 32nd Street Brass Band playing from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Aug. 17. The public is encouraged to bring low-back beach chairs, ground cover and picnics. More information at or (858) 720-2453.

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Tax-exempt financing OK’d for affordable housing project By Joe Naiman

SAN MARCOS — The nonprofit affordable housing developer National Community Renaissance of California has identified two apartment complexes in San Marcos for purchase, renovation and subsequent affordable housing use. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors gave the necessary support for National Community Renaissance of California to use tax-exempt revenue bonds for the purchase and rehabilitation of the two apartment complexes. One 5-0 Board of Supervisors vote Aug. 1 authorized the California Municipal Finance Authority to issue

up to $16 million of revenue bonds for the Paseo Del Oro II apartments in the 400 block of West Mission Road. A separate 5-0 vote authorized up to $30 million of tax-exempt financing for the Sierra Vista Apartments in the 400 block of Los Vallecitos Boulevard. In addition to building and managing affordable housing communities, National Community Renaissance provides services such as senior wellness and after-school programs. “They’re spending millions of dollars on upgrades and then they’re guaranteeing the rent to be affordable for the next 55 years,” Supervisor Ron Roberts said.

The Paseo Del Oro II complex consists of 120 apartment units, including one manager’s unit, ranging from one to four bedrooms. The upgrades will include plumbing fixtures, entry doors and frames, energy-efficient appliances, windows that will reduce energy consumption needs, roofing and roof membranes, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning condensers and heat pumps. The flooring, cabinets and counter tops in each unit will be replaced. Structural changes will be made to improve water drainage and prevent future water intrusion or damage. Improvements to enhance

tenant security and safety will include improved interior and exterior lighting, wrought iron fencing around the complex and controlled access gates or doors at all entrances. The renovation will also create a pocket park with a shade structure, barbecues and picnic benches. National Community Renaissance of California will preserve 96 units for targeted residents with household incomes between 30 percent and 50 percent of the area median income. The Sierra Vista Apartments development consists of 190 units along with two manager’s units. National Community Renaissance of California will preserve the

190 tenant units for targeted residents with household incomes between 50 percent and 60 percent of the area median income and will also pay utilities for the tenants. The project amenities will include a learning center with computers. “In the last decade there’s been a major loss in affordable housing units,” Roberts said. The California Municipal Finance Authority exists to support economic development, job creation and social programs throughout the state of California. Its financial activities include tax-exempt loans and leases for qualified projects in the state. Eligible nonprofit

projects include affordable multi-family and senior housing, manufacturing facilities and equipment, education facilities, health care facilities, and solid waste, water and wastewater treatment facilities. Approval of the local government is necessary for the California Municipal Finance Authority to issue tax-exempt financing, although the borrower rather than the county will be responsible for all costs. “The county is serving as a financial facilitator,” Roberts said. The county’s authorization fulfills the legal requirement to issue the bonds but does not place any financial liability on the county.

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Senior Carolyn Pittman and student Mathieu Ortega, a sixth-grader from Guajome who attends the city of Vista’s recreation summer camp, enjoy the day. Courtesy photo

Vista seniors, kids enjoy Wild West Day By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — The Gloria McClellan Center in Vista was the place to be for an Old West experience. Children from the city of Vista’s Recreation Summer Day Camp joined seniors at the center for a “Wild West Intergenerational Day” abundant with cowboy hats, horseshoes, homemade butter, beef stew, apple cobbler and more. The July 26 event marked the center’s second Intergenerational event. The first was a quilt making with the Boys & Girls Club. It was so successful that Donna Meester, the program manager of the Gloria McClellan Center, decided to pursue another. “What we found with the quilt making, is that it gave an opportunity for children who do not have grandparents in their life to have that experience,” Meester said. “It also gave the opportunity for seniors, who may not be grandparents or may not have their grandchildren around, the chance to share how their life was back in the day. As young children, we don’t understand what an oil lamp or churning butter meant.” For Meester, she hoped the day would provide seniors at the center a moment to go down memory lane. The socialization aspect was also incredibly important for everyone taking part in the event. “History is important for us all so we can under-

stand where we’re going, where we are, and how we are going to move forward,” she said. According to Meester, the center’s intergenerational programs are important for the senior community. Seniors realize the positive influence they are having on the youth, and in some way, that they are helping them to become contributing members of society. “All it takes is one small thing that a senior says or does to make that impact,” she said. “Our seniors go home smiling.” Meester plans to hold another intergenerational happening sometime in August, possibly a talent show. “We’re hoping that the Boys & Girls Club will bring their talent show on the road, and perform here at the center, and potentially our seniors could be part of the judging,” Meester said. With the new school year approaching, Meester said it might be more difficult to host these special events. But she’s open to any suggestions. “We would love any kind of ideas that anybody brings over to try to keep our intergenerational events going throughout the year because I’d like to do one monthly,” Meester said. “That would be my dream.” For more information on activities at the Gloria McClellan Center, call (760) 643-5288.

SAN MARCOS — Orchard Supply Hardware is opening its doors in San Marcos with a series of grand opening events, including donating $5,000 to the city’s parks foundation. The San Jose-based hardware store is billing the weekend-long grand opening the “Happiest Grand Opening Ever,” and kicking it off with the “Noisiest Ribbon Cutting Ever” at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 4. Members of the City Council, San Marcos Chamber of Commerce and the new store’s manager will be on hand for the ceremonial ribbon cutting. “We’re thrilled to officially open our doors to the San Marcos community and bring our unique neighborhood-centric approach to home, garden and hardware to North County,” said Jill CheyneRoy, Orchard Supply Hardware San Marcos store

manager. “Our new neighbors can find everything they need to tackle smallscale projects that keep their homes humming and express their personalities in every room of the house.” Orchard, through its philanthropic arm Neighbors Helping Neighbors, will donate $5,000 to the Friends of San Marcos at the ribbon cutting event. Friends of San Marcos hosts various events to raise funds for recreation projects throughout the city. Among the other activities during the weekend festivities include a scavenger hunt, free T-shirts, a tote-bag giveaway to the first 1,000 customers on Saturday and Sunday, free potted plants, kids crafts, free snacks and live disc jockeys and radio broadcasts. The new store is located at 177 South Las Posas Road south of Highway 78.

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Dancing toward health and wellness By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — The health benefits of dance are extraordinary. Just ask Pamela Jackson of Step Nicely Dance based in North County, she redefined the art of soul line dancing for people of all ages. Jackson, a resident of Oceanside, teaches soul line dancing in Oceanside, San Marcos, Vista and Fallbrook. She tells people that her type of dancing is nothing like country western. The tunes filling the room are R&B, jazz, gospel, blues, Latin and a little Zydeco. She teaches roughly 10 classes a week, and most of her students are over 50. And in soul line dancing, people don’t need a partner. Jackson fell into soul line dancing in 2011. Before that, she was training in ballroom dancing. “I met my husband. Soul line dancing student Sharon Sweets with her instructor Pamela Jack- He wasn’t a dancer, but son of Step Nicely Dance at the McClellan Adult Activity & Resource Center he was cute,” Jackson quipped. “So I had to in Vista. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

make a decision, so I decided to marry him.” So she stopped her ballroom dancing. An opportunity popped up to develop teachers in soul line dancing in North County. Jackson decided to go through with the training but didn’t think she’d be teaching. She was wrong. One place where Jackson instructs is the McClellan Adult Activity & Resource Center in Vista every Wednesday. Program director Donna Meester said the feedback has been great. “Dance is fun when it’s a group,” Meester said. “With Pam’s class, you don’t have to be a dancer, and you don’t have to be coordinated. She passes absolutely no judgment.” Meester knows a lot about soul line dancing because she’s Jackson’s student at a Vista evening class. While the classes are focused on the over 50 age

group with low impact levels, younger people can add a hop, shuffle or spin to boost the cardio. Steps can be modified to match one’s fitness level. According to Jackson, the health rewards of dance are endless. “What my students report to me are things like improved balance and enhanced memory because they have to remember the steps,” she said. “They also say increased fitness, weight loss, getting their blood pressure under control and socializing with others.” Carlsbad resident Sharon Sweets, a student of Jackson’s for two years, lost 50 pounds and said how soul line dancing played a big part. She began the classes right before she retired and described Jackson as easy to follow. “When I started out I whined a lot,” Sweets said. “But now, it’s something that I love to do. I started

out one or two days a week, and now I’m up to five days a week or as many times as she (Jackson) has a class, I’m there.” When Jackson hears health success stories, it brings tears to her eyes. She spent her working career as a social worker, so her mission in life was to enhance somebody else’s life in whatever way possible. Now, she’s doing it through dance. “I feel blessed to be able to do something that I enjoy doing, so it doesn’t feel like work to me,” she said. “I get to see the fruits of my labor very quickly because they (students) come in not knowing a dance and within a few minutes, they do.” Classes at the McClellan Adult Activity & Resource Center in Vista are held every Wednesday from 9:30 to 11:00 am. For more information, class times and locations visit

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he shuttle bus rolled close to the Solana Beach shores, with someone beaming with pride eager to greet it. “I love it here,” said a voice that sounded more familiar than it should. The pipes belonged to Josh Lewin. Yeah, that Josh Lewin who called

Chargers football for 12 years before they headed to Los Angeles. Lewin can paint a picture with his words, but for once, he was speechless when looking west toward the ocean. So goes it for the North Coast rookie and we can’t blame him for being overwhelmed. Lewin is new to our slice of paradise and what’s with the openmouth look again? “I grew up in Buffalo,” he said. Enough said and welcome to town, Josh. After not getting an RSVP from the Chargers, you’re always welcome in our neck

of the woods. The Chargers elected against having the classy Lewin on the mic when testing the City of Angels waters. “I would have loved to be there to shove the boat off the dock,” he said. “But they decided they wanted someone with more of an L.A. presence.” Think the Bolts realize Lewin calls UCLA football and basketball? Even minus the NFL gig, Lewin is busy. Lewin does radio playby-play for the New York Mets, too. When the Mets were in San Diego recently, Lewis brought his col-

leagues over to see amazing Solana Beach. “I love it here,” he said, and yes, Lewin repeated himself. “It’s the vibe and the friendly people.” Lewin’s grooviest times with the Chargers came when describing LaDainian Tomlinson. The incomparable running back enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 5 and among Lewin’s blessings is calling Tomlinson’s decorated career. It was through Lewin’s adjectives, knowledge and enthusiasm that many listeners were able to enjoy Tomlinson’s NFL ride.


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“It was his sheer talent that stood out and you have to start there,” Lewin said. “But to me it was how he was able to rise to the occasion.” Tomlinson did that when setting the NFL single-season touchdown record on Dec. 10, 2006. Tomlinson had tied the mark with his second, and 28th score on the season, against the Denver Broncos. When the Broncos turned the ball over late in the game and deep in their own territory, Tomlinson got one more chance in raucous Qualcomm Stadium. In Lewin’s immortal words: “Handoff, Tomlinson, he skirts it outside, into the end zone, Chargers fans are witnesses to history!” Tomlinson was carried off on his teammates’ shoulders; Lewin didn’t get carried away with the call. But the glee in his tone let everyone know just how special of a late afternoon it was in Mission Valley. “He wanted to do it at home and he wanted to do

it in front of his fans,” Lewin said. “That was L.T.” What wasn’t Tomlinson came the next season when the Chargers advanced to the AFC Championship Game against the Patriots. A knee injury sidelined Tomlinson and the Chargers’ chance for a second Super Bowl was denied on a bitterly cold New England day. “That was so unlike him because he always found a way to do it,” Lewin said. “I was waiting for him to put the Superman cape on and run back out there. But sometimes the human body won’t let you do that.” And sometimes a voice associated with one of the grandest eras of Chargers football is silenced. “I wish I could be doing their games and it does feel odd not to,” he said. “But at least I retired as a San Diego Charger.” And, better yet, with his home in Solana Beach. Contact Jay Paris at Follow him on Twitter @jparis_sports

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Vista fire department to renumber units By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — At a recent Vista Fire Protection District meeting, Fire Chief Jeff Hahn talked about a big project the fire department has scheduled in August. According to Hahn, they will be renumbering their units throughout the north zone. Hahn pointed out that current numbers have been four digits. The reason for instituting a different numbering system is to make things easier, particularly on the radio. Hahn said this would help differentiate and distinguish Vista from the surrounding cities that use a four-number unit system. “You get a lot of people talking over each other on the radio, so this gives a little bit more separation in the audible numbering of the vehicles,” Hahn said. “That was the intent with this.” The last number of the unit will represent the station. Hahn cited the example that Station One would have Engine 121 and Medic 121. The new numbering system will also allow for further growth. Hahn also reported on a recent fire department monthly activity report. The district had responded to 130 incidents and 125 urgent calls. The average response time was 5.25 minutes. The goal is to keep a response time at six minutes or less. Directors of the Vista Fire Protection District wanted to know if the fire department has had any rattlesnake calls. While those numbers weren't readily available, the fire department estimated there had been dozens of calls. There is no charge to residents for those calls. Hahn also added that the fire department cooperates with Fish and Game. For example, if a rattlesnake presents an immediate hazard to people, such as inside a residence, the fire department can capture and relocate the snake.

Falling tree kills Marine at Pendleton CAMP PENDLETON — Lance Cpl. Cody J. Haley, 20, of Hardin, Iowa, assigned to 1st Marine Division, was fatally injured in an accident Aug. 4 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Emergency medical personnel pronounced Haley dead at the site of the accident. Officials are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident. Haley deployed with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit in March 2016. His awards include the National Defense Service medal, Global War on Terrorism Service medal and the Sea Service Deployment ribbon.


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Civil suit follows sentencing of former school headmaster By Promise Yee

REGION — Jeffrey Barton, former Army Navy Academy headmaster, was found guilty on six of 11 felony counts of child molestation. The now 59-year-old was charged with forced sex acts with a minor. The guilty verdict came at Baron’s retrial, which concluded in June. John Manly, founding partner of the law firm of Manly, Stewart and Finaldi, which served the victim’s representative during the criminal trial, said the guilty verdict sends a “strong message.” “The jury’s action in this case removes a dangerous predator from our community and sends a strong message to our educational institutions — you have a responsibility to carefully vet your employees and take decisive action to protect the children under your care,” Manly said. During the retrial two other alleged victims testified about similar acts by Barton at other boarding schools in the mid-1980s. Barton did not testify, but other employees of the academy did. Repeated molestation of the victim took place between 1999 and 2001,

Jeffrey Barton shown at a court hearing in 2013. File photo

on and off the academy grounds. Attorney Alex Cunny, of Manly, Stewart and Finaldi, said the earlier trial and recent retrial have taken a mental toll on the victim, who continues to carry the emotional burden of what transpired. “He’s a really strong guy,” Cunny said. “Shedding light on Jeff Barton is not easy. To tell strangers about something really horrible that happened is never easy.” The academy did not specifically reply to The Coast News on when or how the organization parted ways with Barton. “Mr. Barton’s criminal acts against a former cadet took place 17 years ago while he was a teacher, coach, and summer programs director — well before the current administration and Board of

Trustees were in place,” a statement from the academy read. “The circumstances leading up to and during the criminal trial against a former academy employee, Jeffrey Barton, have been challenging to all of us in the Army and Navy Academy family.” The Army and Navy Academy, which is located on Carlsbad Boulevard in Carlsbad, was established in 1910. It offers middle school through high school education for boys and dormitory stay on campus. “As we move forward, our commitment to the safety, health and well being of our cadets and employees continues to be unwavering,” the academy said. On Aug. 7, Barton was sentenced to 48 years in prison. Cunny said a civil suit is pending against Barton

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and negligence of the academy. He said the lawsuit intends to hold the school responsible and “make sure this doesn’t happen to another cadet.” “Our hope is to continue moving forward for full justice,” Cunny said. Cunny said the boarding academy poses unique circumstances for students who need to be kept in check. “The military academy teaches values, respect, obedience, following instructions, no talking back and no questioning, absolutely they’re (students are) vulnerable,” Cunny said. During Barton’s time as headmaster former academy employee Juan Munoz was found guilty of sexual assault against former student Delco Hunter Hagan. Details of the case re-

port that Munoz went to Hagan’s room at the academy, plied him with alcohol to the point of passing out and sexually assaulted him. Munoz and the academy were found liable for $1,885,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. The academy was found to be 70 percent liable. Manly, Stewart and Finaldi represent several alleged victims of Barton in civil suits against the Army and Navy Academy, which have not yet gone to trial. The academy said current teachers and staff provide high quality education and parents and alumni express continued confidence and support for the school. The pending civil trial against Barton and the academy is scheduled to go to court in March 2018.


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BILINGUAL READING Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Aug. 26 at 239 S. Kalmia St. This month’s selection is “Cuchillo de Agua/The Water Knife” by Paolo Bacigalupi. Copies of the book are available for check-out in English and Spanish, and in a variety of formats, including print and eBook and can be reserved at library.escondido. org. GENEOLOGY GROUP The Legacy Users Group will meet at noon at the Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad for a webinar presented by genealogist Karen Gifford entitled, “Genealogy Evidence and Online Family Trees.” For information, phone (442) 224-7328 or email VOLUNTEER AT THE GARDEN Come be part of the volunteer orientation at the San Diego Botanic Garden at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 11 at 230 Quail Gardens Drive. Meet staff and volunteers for an overview of what the Volunteer Program is all about. For additional information, contact Jill Gardner, at (760) 436-3036, ext. 213 or email . SENIOR ANGLERS Senior Anglers of Escondido will host Wayne Kotow, executive director of the Coastal Conservation Association, at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 11. The club is open to all anglers, age 50 and above, at the Park Avenue Com-

HELP WITH DIVORCE Divorce Workshop for Women will begin at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at the San Elijo Campus, 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff. Workshops are held the second Saturday of each month. For more information, call (858) 792-0524 or (858) 524-0955 Room 201. Fee $45 per session. A parking pass is included in the registration fee. For more information, call (760) 7956820. KIDS IN THE GARDEN Join the Kids in the Garden class at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 12. Kids in the Garden is for two hours of fun and learning. Class fee is $5 child and $5 per adult for Garden entry. Adults will stay with their children. Pre-registration with Farmer Jones is required so we have materials for all. Contact farmerjonesavbg@ or call (760) 8226824. CAR SHOW IN OCEANSIDE Family Fellowship Church invites the community to “Cruisin’ to FFC,” a car show from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., 420 N. El Camino Real, Oceanside. Check in at 7 a.m. with any pre-1993 vehicle. For more information, call Barry at (951) 265-7359. Trophies for everything from Best in Show to Most Likely to be Towed. LATINO BOOK FESTIVAL MiraCosta College will be the host college for the free Latino Book and Family Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 12, at 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside, sponsored by Latino Literacy Now. The day will present

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Latino authors, workshops, entertainment, book signings, food and community resource booths. DEMOCRATIC CLUB Lake San Marcos Dem club will meet at 12:30 p.m. Aug.12 at the Conference Center in Lake San Marcos, 1105 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos, to host Dr. Jeoffry Gordon on current Health Care issues. Visit lsmdem. org or call (760) 752-1035. VISTA MOVIE IN PARK Drop in for the Movie in the Park featuring “Sing” at 8 p.m. Aug.12 at Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace.

tivities, will hold a meeting and pot luck at St. Margaret Catholic Church, Oceanside Aug. 13, and hear JazzKatz Orchestra with Whitney Shey at Alga Norte Community Park, Carlsbad Aug. 18. Reservations are necessary: (858) 674-4324. SENIORS SHAKE A LEG The city of Oceanside Parks and Recreation will host a Senior Dance, from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 13 at the El Corazon Senior Center, 3302 Senior Center Drive, Oceanside. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, visit oceansiderec. com, call (760) 435-5041.

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YOUNG MARINES SERVE UP SPAGHETTI The North County Young Marines are hosting a spaghetti dinner and auction from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista. Presale tickets are $5, at the door $7. GATHERING OF ARTISTS SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Oceanside Museum of Art, and Oceanside Friends of the Arts are bringing together local artists and artisans from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 13 at SpringHill Suites, 110 N. Myers St., Oceanside. This free event will include culinary expressions by Chef Davin Waite, musical performances, live art, and an interactive section for kids. DOG DAYS ARE HERE Grab your leash and drop by the 12th annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Drive, Cardiffby-the-Sea. CATHOLIC FRIENDS The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group, for those who desire to foster friendships through various social ac-

FOOD TRUCK MONDAY Eat food, drink beer and help animals at Food Truck Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 14, in the parking lot of Lou’s Records, 434 N. Coast Highway, Encinitas, hosted by Help a Needy Animal (HANA). All proceeds raised benefit needy animals. VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED Do you have a few hours a week to help a homebound senior citizen with their transportation needs in Encinitas, in exchange for mileage reimbursement? The Encinitas Senior Center Out & About Transportation program pairs older adults with transportation needs, with volunteer drivers, for trips to the grocery store, bank and medical appointments, at no charge. There is a waiting list of seniors in need of a volunteer driver. For more information or to apply contact Ashley Keller, recreation coordinator, at or (760)943-2256. Applications are available at encinitasca. gov

AUG. 11, 2017 MEET & GREET Meet the riders who make the race at a Del Mar Jockey Meet and Greet from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 15 at 1412 Camino Del Mar, hosted by Del Mar merchants Durante’s Menswear, Julie’s Beachwear, Fair Trade Décor and Sundancer’s. MAKE COCKTAIL MAGIC Learn the art of bartending at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa’s Mixology Masterclass from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15. Spirits Specialist Ted Gibson will share tips and tricks. Must be 21 or older. Tickets are $95 per person, and can be purchased by calling (858) 769-6246. BEST BONSAI Bonsai and Beyond will meet at 6 p.m. Aug. 15 at the San Diego Botanic Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Bring your pot/ tray, terrarium, soil, rocks and plants for your project. Bring some extras to share, if possible. Don’t forget gloves. Call (858) 259-9598 for more information.

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PET FOOD FOR NEEDY The San Diego Humane Society PAWS pet food distribution events take place on various dates and locations throughout San Diego County. The PAWS Pantry provides supplemental bags of dog and cat food for pickup at campus locations in San Diego, Escondido and Oceanside. Food is available for existing and new clients who meet the income requirements. Visit http:// for more information. REPUBLICANS HOST ROCKY The Republican Club of Ocean Hills will host State Assemblyman Rocky Chávez at noon Aug. 16 at the Broken Yolk Café, 2434 Vista Way, Oceanside. AUG. 15 There is no charge to attend. DEL MAR JOCKEY RSVP to (760) 842-8735. REPUBLICAN WOMEN Reservations are needed by Aug. 16 to join the Allen Brothers Family Carlsbad Republican Women Federated as they host Carlsbad Police Chief, Neil CROP Gallucci .93at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 22 at .93 the Green Dragon Tavern4.17 and Museum, 6115 Paseo 4.28 del Norte, CarlsC P B bad. Cost is $35. For more Ingredients: information, contact Niki at (760) 931-9420 or 2 lbs. frozen hash browns 1 cup sour cream 1/2 cup melted margarine Toppings: 1 tsp salt AUG. 17 2 cups grated cheddar 1 tsp pepper SECRET SERVICE REcheese 1 tsp garlic salt 2 cups crushed corn 1/2 cup chopped onion flakes 1 can of cream of chicken 4 tbsp melted margarine soup

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CRUITING The U.S. Secret Service will be recruiting from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 17 onboard Camp Pendleton, at the Leatherneck Lanes Transition Readiness Facility, 13030 Vandergrift Blvd., Bldg. 1339, Classroom 2. To register for the event, visit https://secretservice-aug2017.eventbrite. com. Interested individuals are asked to bring a federal resume, DD214 or Statement of Service. The Secret Service employs 3,300 special agents, 1,400 uniformed division officers and more than 1,800 administrative, professional and technical support personnel. FIRST AID FOR PETS Join the San Diego Humane Society’s two-hour PET Talk, “First Aid for Dogs and Cats” from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 17 at the SDHS Oceanside Campus, 2905 San Luis Rey Road, Oceanside. To register, visit http://support. FLICKS AT THE FOUNTAIN Save the whales, with the showing of “Free Willy” Thursday night Aug. 17 at The Fountain at Grand Avenue and State Street, Carlsbad. Films begin at dusk, or around 8 p.m. SELECT SUPERIOR SENIOR Oceanside Senior Citizen of the Year nomination forms are now available at the El Corazon Senior Center, 3302 Senior Center Drive, and the Country Club Senior Center, 455 Country Club Lane or at filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=45285. Turn forms into the Oceanside Parks & Recreation Administrative Office, 300 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside by 3:30 p.m. Sept. 1. Nominees must be 62 or older, a volunteer in Oceanside, and a person who makes Oceanside a better place. The winner will be announced at the Senior Expo Oct. 12 at Oceanside Civic Center. For more information, visit or call (760) 4355041. TACKLE THAT SMARTPHONE Take a free Smartphone 101 class
 at 10 a.m. Aug. 18, at the Gloria McClellan Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. For all skill levels. Reserve a seat at (760) 643-5288. BEACH BUFFET Make reservations now for a Beach Buffet at 11 a.m. Aug. 31 at the Gloria McClellan Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Entertainment by the Sophistocats. Reserve your spot at (760) 643-5288 by 1 p.m. the day before. Seniors can also book daily lunch reservations at the center and transportation by calling (760) 643-5288 by 1 p.m. one day prior. Home-delivered meals
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RIDE INTO HISTORY Tickets can be gotten now for the Encinitas Preservation Association historical bus tour 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 9 from the 1883 School House at F Street and 4th Street. Tickets are $65 each at

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Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ PRESCOTT NAMED DIRECTOR Lauren Prescott, an experienced business leader and San Diego native, has been appointed by the San Diego North Economic Development Council to fill the critical role of director of investor relations for the organization. Prescott assumes her new position immediately. Prescott grew up in Escondido and currently lives with her husband in Carlsbad. She previously worked for San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts. NEW ULTA STORE There is a new ULTA cosmetics store in the Escondido Promenade shopping center, at East Valley Parkway and Interstate 15 in Escondido. This will be ULTA’s 11th store opening in San Diego. The ULTA store is taking 9,875 square feet of space which the ownership was able to assemble by combining several other spaces. Ron Pepper of Retail Insite represented ULTA Cosmetics in the lease.

Cadets of the San Diego Army and Navy Academy stand in formation during a dress parade in the early 1900s. The academy opened in Pacific Beach with 13 students; two years later, there were 156. The school’s founder, Capt. Thomas Davis, welcomed foreign students, unlike most private schools of the day that restricted admissions to white Christians. Admission was $600 a year for boarding students, $100 for day students. Uniforms cost about $50. Photo courtesy author’s collection

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Virginia-born Thomas A. Davis, a veteran of the Spanish American War (1898), arrived in San Diego in 1910 to establish a “high grade military high school.” The San Diego Army and Navy Academy moved from Pacific Beach to Carlsbad in 1936. Photo courte-

Alexander Mui was a sophomore at the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad 12 years ago when he discovered the school’s long-neglected history museum. It was out of this find and years of in-depth research that his book, “Army & Navy Academy: History of the West Point of the West” (History Press: $22.99) was born. “No one had opened the museum in a long time,” Mui explained during a phone interview from Austin, Texas. “There were a lot of old newspapers and books, and everything was covered with mold. I started a project with a parent to renovate the museum and preserve as many artifacts as possible.” Mui’s book is not only a history of the Carlsbad academy,

HOLISTIC CRYSTALS Paradise Carlsbad Crystal Shop has opened at 3081 Madison St., Carlsbad, founded by Carmen NiBlack and Kayma Englund. The shop is filled with hand-selected sy author’s collection crystals from around the world and a variety of holistic services. To learn more and book a class or session, grams in California’s 114 visit community colleges whose or call (760) 473-6634. students show significant gains in factors important AWARD FOR MIRACOSTA for advancing social mobilMiraCosta secured a Strong ity. Workforce Stars award — a new, annual commendation CSUSM WORKS WITH INfor career education pro- DIAN SCHOOLS California State University San Mar-

but of the country’s military schools. “There had never been a book written about American military schools,” Mui explained. “Much of the book is original research. There was a lot of piecing together scraps of newspapers.” Through the process, the author realized how important military schools were to the history of Southern California and North County. “(They) used to be a hotbed for military schools,” he said. A native of California whose ancestors immigrated to the United States from China, Mui graduated in 2008 from the academy. He went on to study molecular and cellular biology at Johns Hopkins University, where he also began writing a history of that school.

cos has signed agreements with Noli Indian School and Sherman Indian High School to provide guaranteed admission for American Indian students who meet established benchmarks for participation and performance and meet all minimum CSU eligibility requirements. The agreement ensures admission for graduates beginning in fall 2018, while the agreement with Sherman Indian High School commences with the graduating class of 2019. ELITE STATUS Scripps Health’s affiliated medical groups have achieved Elite status in a nationwide survey of medical groups that were ranked based on


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Author Alexander Mui spent several years extensively researching the history of his alma mater, the Army and Navy Academy, and that of similar schools throughout the country. The project began as a writing assignment in Mui’s sophomore year. The 2008 graduate helped reestablish the Carlsbad school’s historical museum and documented the first complete history of the school in time for its 100th anniversary in 2010. Courtesy photos

Heart Association and American College of Cardiology as a national leader for treating heart attack patients. Palomar Health received the Mission: Lifeline Bronze Plus STEMI Recognition Award and NCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for implementing the highest standard of care for heart attack patients. EXPANSION AT PALA Officials of Pala Casino Spa & Resort today announced plans for an expansion and complete renovation of its AAA Four Diamond award-winning property. Construction of the $170 million project will begin


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